Writing and presenting

Grant writing

  • Organising institute: ONWAR
  • Registration through: Els Borghols (els.borghols@vu.nl )
  • Duration of the course: 1,8 ECTs
  • Maximum number of participants: 24
  • Accessible for: ONWAR-PhD-students
  • Costs: free of charge for ONWAR members

Aim: The aim of this course is to learn the basic principles of successful grant writing. You will learn to write up your research ideas in a format that will help convince reviewers. We will provide you with tips and tricks to improve readability of your grant. You will learn where you can obtain funding. Last, you will be put in the position of a reviewer to experience how well- or badly written grants influence your judgment. This course is for PhD-students in the third or fourth year of their research project.
Contents: The course starts with two lectures: one on "do's and don'ts" in grant writing and one on where to find funding organizations. In the following three weeks participants will write a short grant on a subject they are familiar with together with two other graduate students. During this process participants will be advised by a senior scientist with extensive grant writing and reviewing experience. The participants will also be involved in reviewing other students' grants and practice writing a rebuttal letter. Finally, there will be an interactive discussion in which the strengths and flaws of all proposals will be highlighted.

How to write high impact papers and what to do when your manuscript is rejected

  • Organising institute: OOA
  • Registration through: www.ooa-graduatschool.org
  • Duration of the course: 0,6 ECTs
  • Maximum number of participants: 50
  • Accessible for: OOA PhD students
  • Costs: free of charge for OOA members

Aim and content: Scientific writing is undergoing dramatic changes. Many papers are rejected without being sent for peer review and yet other papers appear on PubMed within weeks of submission. This workshop will introduce strategies for writing journal articles so that the process may not be effortless and joyous, but at least less painful and more assured of success. Topics include creative means of using electronic resources, cultivating collaborations, building writing into your life style, writing and rewriting the manuscript, getting your manuscript past the editor and sent out for peer review, postsubmission responsibilities, and using publicity to increase early citations.

Presenting and Pitching your Research in English

  • Organising institute: Taalcentrum VU
  • Registration through: https://www.taalcentrum-vu.nl/en/training/presenting-and-pitching-your-research-in-english/
  • Duration: 5 dayparts
  • Costs:  E460,-
  • Accessible for: The workshop is intended for researchers and scientists who need to give concise and persuasive presentations of their research in English to an international audience. We would only recommend enrolling for this course if you already have a subject for a presentation.

Short description:
When you are presenting your pitch at an international seminar, you need to use English at the very highest level. You will also have to hold the attention of your listeners. In just one minute, you will have to win over an international scientific audience. Or you may need to create a clear and concise poster presentation. This workshop in Presenting and Pitching your Research will help you to present your information in correct English and in a way that is clear and easy to understand. You will learn how to ensure that your presentation or pitch is appropriate for your target audience. You will also learn how to use both language and visuals to present your research on a poster.

Writing a Scientific Article

  • Organising institute: Taalcentrum VU
  • Drs. Judith Meijer, Drs Katie Crouwel or dr. Kim Sauter, Tel. 020-5986420 info@taalcentrum-vu.nl
  • Registration through: https://www.taalcentrum-vu.nl/en/training/writing-a-scientific-article/
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 8 dayparts
  • Costs:  E695,-
  • Accessible for: The course in Writing a Scientific Article is meant for PhD students who are preparing their dissertation in English, and for scientists and researchers who want to publish in an English-language specialist journal

Course content:
The course alternates between the theoretical and practical aspects of writing a scientific article. During the course you will focus on improving your own article. The course will include the following elements:

  • How to improve the readability of your article.
  • Writing well-structured and coherent paragraphs.
  • Writing effective sentences. 
    And also
  • How to use the right style.
  • When to use active and passive verb forms. 
  • Introducing nuance.
  • The use of different tenses in the various parts of an article.
  • Writing clearly and concisely and using punctuation correctly.
  • Enlarging your (academic) vocabulary, fixed word combinations.
  • Correcting and avoiding common mistakes.
  • How to refer to other sources effectively (e.g. when and how to cite or paraphrase, issues of academic integrity).
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